Christian Service Scripture

Serve Like Jesus

John 13:15 “I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” Make me a servant like you, dear Lord.  Is that daily yearning of your heart? Jesus did not come for people to minister to Him or dote upon Him. He came so that He could be the One doing the ministering. He was not concerned that He receive encouragement, but rather that He be an encouragement.  When Jesus said, “I have given you an example,” He was referring to one of the most demeaning jobs in His culture–washing feet.  That was the job of the lowliest household servant. We don’t have to towel-off someone’s toes to follow His example. We ought to tackle the tasks that are needful but often avoided most by other people. In the culture of your home, it might be dish-duty. Perhaps it is the laundry (handling the hamper can be humbling).  I have yet to find the person who swoons over swabbing the toilet. You get the point. Remember, the thought process you have during chore time is very important. You should not be taking on tasks with a resentful spirit. You need to be contemplating what Jesus has “done to you.” He has created you, called you, redeemed you, justified you, sanctified you, adopted you, and someday will glorify you.  It did not come easy for Him, and you should not expect your service in His name to always be simple. Serve like the Savior. 

By Pastor Wood

Carl is married to Becky and together they have three children. They live in Little River, SC where he pastors Anchor Baptist Church.

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